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Top Ways To Celebrate Earth Day 2013 In Denver

April 8, 2013 7:00 AM

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Earth Day is April 22, a day set aside to appreciate the Earth, the environment, the outdoors, all of nature. It is the perfect day to check out all the great Earth Day events, environmentally friendly businesses and nature-based organizations in Denver. From the huge City of Denver Earth Day Fair to a free day at the Botanic Gardens, there are plenty of great activities to help educate your whole family about the importance of Earth Day and all the crucial natural resources.

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Earth Day Denver
Denver City & County Building Plaza
1437 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80202
www.denvergov.org

Date: April 22 at 10 a.m.

The Denver Earth Day Fair is is the first zero-waste, fully solar-powered event. Powered by the SolaRover, a portable solar generator, this is one Earth Day Fair that is taking “going green” seriously. There will be a lot of things to check out at this fair as well; from a huge display of the latest in near-zero emissions vehicles to a showcase of local businesses and organizations that provide environmentally friendly products and services, plus plenty of food trucks to grab a quick bite. If you would like to learn more about the various environmentally friendly organizations in Denver, then you should make a point to stop at this free Earth Day Fair.

Race for Open Space 5k
Sand Creek Greenway
3400 Havana Way
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 468-3262
www.sandcreekgreenway.org/race-for-open-space

Date: April 20 at 9 a.m.

This 5K run/walk is paired with an Earth Day Festival, bringing together fitness and the outdoors to bring awareness to funding public recreation and natural areas in Aurora and Denver. There is a whole day of great events planned, with live music, food trucks, games and crafts, plus a live raptor presentation from Wild Wings Environmental Education. Come in your best Earth Day costume, as there will be prizes for costumes, the largest teams, fastest runners and the biggest pledge earner. It is a great cause and the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day 2013.

Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3500
www.botanicgardens.org

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Denver? Admission is free on Earth Day. While you are exploring the stunning flora and fauna, be sure to check out the stunning outdoor art exhibits with a huge variety of sculpture and murals. You will get lost among the greenhouses and outdoor plants. Plenty of flowers and other gorgeous greenery will take your breath away, reminding you just how precious the Earth really is. It is a great way to celebrate Earth Day with the whole family.

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Visit the Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400
www.denverzoo.org

If plant life isn’t your thing, then why not visit the Denver Zoo on Earth Day? Check out more than 3,500 different animals that represent more than 650 species. There are plenty of rare animals to be seen, from black rhinos to zebras to gorillas and so much more. Plus with all the great habitats, you can get a glimpse of these animals in their natural environments. In true Earth Day fashion, the Denver Zoo operates in the greenest and most environmentally friendly way possible through water conservation, alternative transportation and zero-waste recycling plans.

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Children’s Peace Garden Earth Day Celebration
Growing Gardens
1630 Hawthorn Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 443-9952
www.growinggardens.org/childrens-earth-day

Date: April 20 at 10 a.m.

Enjoy the beautiful gardens with the whole family and explore lots of great Earth Day activities. Designed for children ages four through 10, there will be so many great things to try. Your kids will get to plant seeds to take home, explore insect habitats, create a garden art piece, visit a real honeybee hive and even check out a work composting system. Plus, the Gardens is creating an on-site obstacle course with lots of garden-based mazes for your kids to enjoy. If you have never been to the Growing Gardens in Boulder, than this is a great way to check it out and learn all about this amazing organization.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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